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Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude. The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nearly pure white. Zoo veterinarian Guillermo Weimeyer says they [...]

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Chile’s Valparaiso still aflame; 12 dead; 500 hurt

  VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods Monday as sailors in riot gear prepared to evacuate 700 more families who would be endangered if the winds turn again. Already 8,000 people were homeless as wildfires sent burning embers flying from hilltop to hilltop, [...]

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Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Slash the number of public holidays by two-thirds. Eliminate dozens of government agencies. Legalize marijuana and prostitution. From the intriguing to the impossible, there is no shortage of ideas for fixing Puerto Rico’s ailing economy as the government tries to dig out from a whopping $70 billion in [...]

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UN global study: Murder rate very high in Americas

  TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Global murder rates have declined slightly, but remain very high in the Americas and parts of Africa, according to a new U.N. study released Thursday. Homicide rates in southern Africa and Central America are more than four times higher than the global average of 6.2 victims per 100,000 people, the [...]

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Argentina hit by nationwide strike over inflation

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A nationwide strike paralyzed Argentina’s economy on Thursday, shutting down air, train and bus traffic, closing businesses and ports and emptying classrooms. The strike also stopped all non-emergency hospital attention, left garbage in emptied streets and complicated many other aspects of life in the South American nation. Labor leaders [...]

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Feds: Sinaloa cartel member cooperating with US

  CHICAGO (AP) — A high-ranking member of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and son of one of the drug ring’s leaders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago and has been cooperating with authorities, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced Thursday. Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, who described himself as a “trusted lieutenant” of his father, pleaded [...]

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Sick baby’s parents defend sailing trip with kids

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The California parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a sailing trip around the world thanked military crews who rescued them from their stalled vessel on Sunday and defended their decision to sail with young children. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said their daughter Lyra’s medical condition continued to [...]

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